In the USA we have several governmental organizations that you can report Nigerian scams/Advance-fee scams to.
- The first I’d like to talk about is the FTC – The Federal Trade Commission. Their recommendation if you’ve received one of these email scams is to stop and ask yourself a couple of important questions. “Why would a perfect stranger pick you — also a perfect stranger — to share a fortune with, and why would you share your personal or business information, including your bank account numbers or your company letterhead, with someone you don’t know?” Good advice to be sure. Here’s their link for general information about advance-fee scams: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt117.shtm. And here’s a link to their Bureau of Consumer Protection – and please note … they do not resolve individual consumer complaints – they enter all complaints it receives into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database that is used by thousands of civil and criminal law enforcement authorities worldwide. Their toll-free number is 1-877-FTC-HELP.
- The United States Secret Service – the US Secret Service investigates financial crimes in the USA (which would include Nigerian/advance-fee fraud). To file a complaint or for more information visit http://www.secretservice.gov or you can call your local Secret Service office listed in the phone book.
More to come!